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Okay, here goes...

Journal Entry: Sun Apr 13, 2014, 1:41 PM


Many comments have been made, many people have hauled off and jumped and are now wondering what is really going on, many tears have been cried (at least by me cuz y'all--y'all are mean. Enough said about that, it doesn't matter. I wish everyone all of the best and more.

I would like to take a few minutes to say two things:
1) Many have come through DLD and been better in this literature community for it. Dedication and hard work helped forward their already progressing talent. Not me, not Will, not Lili or any other running administrator--just dedication and hard work. We have present and former hats, badges and most of all the owners of coveted Daily Deviations; all have come through here and I am damn proud to have been a part of the sacred space they passed through. I'm sure the sentiment is shared by many, many others.
2) I've been checking on this account for the last two years and have not seen any real growth that directly effects the literature community in a positive way. DLD has been doing the same things--rote, yes contributing to the success and exposure of unknown literature (though many of the same people seem to get recurring DLDs including staff members which has ALWAYS been a big no-no in my book) but not furthering its place in the community. No regular and new/exciting contests, no excellent forum management, no group oriented projects to contribute any number of things to the community, no outpouring of support for ongoing projects like FFM, Not-For-Sale, NaPo/NaNo, etc and so on, hell--no daily answering of fricking messages... there were one thousand nine hundred and sixty-two messages in the inbox when I came in to take down an article the other night. Basically admin has been enjoying the benefits of DLD rank and not running the account in the way I and others (especially Lili) worked so hard to lay out. Admin isn't just the fun of suggestions and the hardest of work when you get none and the recognition for being a part of something special--admin is every nook and cranny plus room to grow and give more to the lit community on dA.

That was my plan, that's what I spent near 24/7 doing for more than two years until we finally had a team that could function as a unit. This is all my fault though. MINE. I, in 2 years, have not had the wherewithal to step in and correct the errors, support the running admins as a team player and set it all to rights. My life interfered. My plan to close began to itch at the edges of my mind. DLD became stale and I did nothing but make an executive decision that pissed my most trusted admin off and got bent. Then I hastily--should have stuck with my gut instinct and just took that down and left it alone--posted the history. But no--I told the story as it had been told to me and announced the closing all in one breath. I apologize. There was a better path and I missed it. I only hope to be forgiven by those that seem to be hurt.

More later on how to leave the account sitting so the exposure for all in the past is still there and then there's the issue of points...

“We have art lest we perish of the truth.” –Nietzsche

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ooOEileenOoo Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2014
Hello!
I'm looking for "Writing contests" does it exist on DA?
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EvelynTaliette Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2014  Student Writer
I just found out about this...I can't believe it. Getting my first DLD was the most amazing thing, it pushed me to keep writing and I'm so grateful that it did. I understand the bruised pride and the feeling of something having "run its course" or failed entirely as an admin of a group, or the leader of a project-- the fact is that it's just the wrong perception, no matter how perfect something was you'll always think it should have grown higher, went further, accomplished more than it did. But to me and many other members, DLD is an imperative part of the deviantart literature community. But it seems like everyone else has given up already-- we took DLDs for granted, and even though they're gone now it still feels like you'll happen across the honor being bestowed via the copy-paste comment on a celebrated piece, or you'll see one in your feedback messages and jump for joy, but I guess they're gone now...So many of us are willing to bring it back, and we should be allowed in to start again. The group has extended beyond the admins, and especially the admins internal issues now-- this has to do with all of us.
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Story-of-a-Mind Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
It's really sad to see DLD going down this way - cause maybe it wasn't doing 100% of what it once was intended to do, but in my opinion it sure was doing a pretty damn awesome and important job. I still treasure the DLDs I got and basically just got warm with suggesting. I see there is a new group forming to keep up the good work, it could be part of the solution. But I just hope everybody involved can find a way to make peace with each other. Cause guys, you all have been putting a lot of work into creating something awesome, please don't become enemies over it.

Please try to take 3 giant steps back and look past this mess and see what you have accomplished together, cause I sure think that was an amazing lot of things. For that, I want to thank every single one of you.
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jamberry-song Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you for being such a powerful force in this community for so long. Having been on the admin side of this group for a short while, I know how much hard work and dedication were required to keep it running. In spite of what anyone says, you all have done a great service to all of us.

Thank you. :heart:
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Perfling Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2014  Student General Artist
This just sucks. :( I'm not even going to try to say something meaningful..
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